World Timesizing Leaders -
Nations Ranked by Timesizing Progress
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- Germany (lowest unemployment in top 10 economies, 4th-largest by GDP, fullest employment, strongest domestic consumer base & consumption per capita, narrow income & wealth gaps, fast currency circulation...) - has primitive but fully deployed timesizing nationwide,
or in German, *Kurz-arbeit = a huge government program to support cutting hours, not jobs, and maintain domestic employment, consumer spending and currency circulation (alias economic dynamism, stability and recession-resistance - program lacks only continuous automatic workweek adjustment against joblessness and overtime-to-training&hiring conversion including sustainable funding),
plus 5-6 week vacations, by legislation,
plus 35-hour workweeks in the unionized sector of West Germany and 38-hour workweeks in the East (where higher unemployment means they need 35-hr wks more than the West!),
- see also news articles on 6/23-24/2010 #2 (more recent articles get too numerous to list) and 4/14-15/2010 #1 and #3 and 3/28-29-30/2010 #4 and 10/14/2009 #1 and 4/29/2009 #2 and 9/30/2009 #2 and 11/04/2009 #5 and 11/07/2009 #2. Note opposing view from *Portuguese blog, Jan/2010.
- France (5th-largest economy) has the lowest official nationwide maximum workweek in the world, 35 hours per person since 2001 (but is being sabotaged by its president, Sarkozy**)
plus legislated 5-6 week vacations, plus government support for
literally *partial unemployment.
(**US-worshipping president Sarkozy sabotaged France's world leadership in the most basic freedom, free time, by weakening overtime enforcement and OT-to-jobs conversion, and successor Hollande seems to have no clue about what France is doing right, proving that workspreading is quite independent of either today's right or left.)
- Netherlands (16th-largest economy) - taking a bottom-up approach by beefing up part-time wages and benefits,
plus minimum-vacation legislation,
plus government support for worksharing
alias *part-time unemployment (page down three screens to section "Possibilities for retaining links with employees")
- see also news article on 12/27-28/2009 #1.
- USA (largest economy) - luffs along in the age of robotics with a pre-computer workweek of 40 hours per person (1940) and no minimum-vacation legislation,
but 20 U.S. states already offer worksharing programs and websites - see overviews (8/11-12/2010 #1 and 2/24/2010 #2 and 6/16/2009 #1),
and worksharing at the federal level is now under discussion in the Senate as of 11/16/2009 #1 and the House as of 1/19/2010 #1.
(Watch for USA, with the dumbest power elite in the advanced economies, to sink in the rankings as we find out about more other countries.)
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